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Scott Thomas Beauchamp: The End
Posted by: McQ on Monday, September 10, 2007

Bob Owens of Confederate Yankee conducts an interview with the officer assigned to investigate the Beauchamp affair in Iraq, MAJ John Cross. The most salient excerpt:
Owens: On August 2, The New Republic’s editors claimed, “All of Beauchamp’s essays were fact-checked before publication. We checked the plausibility of details with experts, contacted a corroborating witness, and pressed the author for further details.” In the same article, during the course of their “re-reporting” of the incident, the editors claimed “Most important, we spoke with five other members of Beauchamp’s company, and all corroborated Beauchamp’s anecdotes, which they witnessed or, in the case of one solider, heard about contemporaneously.”

Have you, during the course of your investigation, uncovered any soldiers in Beauchamp’s company that could be regarded as a corroborating witness, or that corroborated the anecdotes, or even heard the stories contemporaneously? If so, what was the context of their corroboration? If not, why do you suppose that The New Republic tells a story so radically different than that the soldiers related during the course of the formal investigation?

Cross: In the course of my investigation, I did not interview anyone who corroborated PVT Beauchamp’s claims in “Shock Troops” that a Soldier was observed wearing skull parts recovered from a “Saddam-era dumping ground” on his head, dogs were being deliberately hit by Bradley Fighting Vehicles, and that a disfigured woman was openly mocked by Soldiers in the FOB Falcon dining facility.

Owens: What has been the reaction among the members of Beauchamp’s company to the claims he made in “Shock Troops?”

Cross: Many Soldiers were upset about how the Soldiers in the article were portrayed as callous and uncaring. These characteristics do not reflect the professionalism and integrity of the Vanguard battalion and the high standards of conduct demanded by the Dagger Brigade’s leadership.

Owens: Do you think it is likely that some soldiers may have told The New Republic one story, and then provided a different story to investigating officers?

Cross: I can’t speculate about anything involving The New Republic, but I can speak to our procedures. When conducting the investigation, I focused on the information and evidence collected from the Soldiers in PVT Beauchamp’s unit in the form of written and signed affidavits, which did not support the events portrayed in the story. As all of the Soldiers interviewed during the course of the investigation made sworn statements, they understand the consequences of making false official statements.
And for those wondering, yes, former PFC Beauchamp is now a PV1 (the lowest rank in the Army). The reduction didn't come as a result of the "Shock Troops" story, but instead of information uncovered during the investigation that he'd committed an OPSEC (operational security) violation previous to their deployment to Iraq by posting their deployment date on his blog.

For me this puts a final period on the affair. TNR, it appears, has again been found to be guilty of editorial failure. But you can almost count on them, at some point in the future, again lecturing blogs on how superior their system of layers of editors is to we pajama-clad, basement dwelling cretins writing without such journalistic fail-safe devices. I can't wait.
 
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I’m waiting for John Cole to apologize for claiming "the right" was overreacting. But that won’t happen, he’s completely shameless.
 
Written By: Steverino
URL: http://steverino.journalspace.com/
Being on the Left means you never have to be ashamed. Especially when any normal person would be.
 
Written By: JorgXMcKie
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TNR, it appears, has again been found to be guilty of editorial failure. But you can almost count on them, at some point in the future, again lecturing blogs on how superior their system of layers of editors is to we pajama-clad, basement dwelling cretins writing without such journalistic fail-safe devices. I can’t wait.
What you don’t seem to fully comprehend yet, BRuce... (And I say that with a smile) is that TNR IS the left. And on that basis, what Jorg says applies to them, too.

Like so many of the other transgressions we’ve seen the left dance around, all this will do is raise their capital amongst their core readership. That’s not a transgression, to them, you see ; it’s a badge of honor.

The bizzare world of the left.

 
Written By: Bithead
URL: http://bitsblog.florack.us
Uh, this really doesn’t say anything, unless you simply trust what an investigator says without looking at the method and having the chance to objectively verify it. This certainly doesn’t add anything to what’s already out there.
 
Written By: Scott Erb
URL: http://faculty.umf.maine.edu/~erb/blog.htm
You should have stopped after "Uh."
 
Written By: Jim Treacher
URL: http://dailygut.com
" Many Soldiers were upset about how the Soldiers in the article were portrayed as callous and uncaring."

Heh.
 
Written By: timactual
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"... unless you simply trust what an investigator says without looking at the method and having the chance to objectively verify it."

Do you mean the TNR investigators?
 
Written By: timactual
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Previous Erb comment:
I will not be surprised if a lot of you will have to eat crow on this one
 
Written By: JWG
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Yeah, what about that, Scott?
It seems to me that what needed to be added here was your feasting on crow.

 
Written By: Bithead
URL: http://bitsblog.florack.us
Eric asks Boris:
Yeah, what about that, Scott?
Hey, one lie is a lie. A million lies is a statistic.
 
Written By: Martin McPhillips
URL: http://mcphillips.blogspot.com/
Scott you can ask PV1 Beauchamp yourself.

His email is

Scott.Beauchamp@us.army.mil


Maybe he will keep your delusions from totally dissipating.


 
Written By: retired military
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Erb has skipped past an inconvienent set of facts, and attempting to act like nothing has really been decided?

I’m shocked, shocked I tell you, by this sudden turn of events...
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Scott Jacobs writes:
Erb has skipped past an inconvienent set of facts
You can turn that into a macro, and you’ll probably be able to use it at least once a day.
 
Written By: Martin McPhillips
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Uh, this really doesn’t say anything, unless you simply trust what an investigator says without looking at the method and having the chance to objectively verify it. This certainly doesn’t add anything to what’s already out there.
Scott — I suppose I’m just joining the pile-on here, but that’s extremely weak and suggests that information not matching your pre-existing beliefs will be resisted with extreme skepticism.

An Army official has gone on record about an official investigation in which Beauchamp and his platoon members were interviewed about the incidents B. described in TNR and no corroboration was found. That’s not proof, but it is something that does add to the discussion. If Beauchamp, TNR or someone in the platoon were able to contradict that finding, it would be doubly damaging to the military and to the career of that officer.

But no such contradiction has emerged. Beauchamp could speak but won’t. Likewise TNR. Unless one wishes to posit some massive campaign of intimidation extending beyond the military to TNR and no doubt other civilians, the simplest explanation is that Beauchamp fabricated those events in line with his desire to use the military to get credibility as a writer (explained in his blog) and TNR to advance its agenda against Bush and the war.
 
Written By: huxley
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Erb puked: "Uh, this really doesn’t say anything, unless you simply trust what an investigator says without looking at the method and having the chance to objectively verify it."

I notice you’re never even remotely so skeptical when it from from your sleazy commie friends.

What a disgusting hypocritical POS! So typical of the brain dead post-modernist left.

 
Written By: Sharpshooter
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I notice you’re never even remotely so skeptical when it from from your sleazy commie friends.
Huh? What friends are those?

Simply, without knowing the methods and the evidence, I just don’t trust one official. It’s not like we’ve not been misled about things in the past. Sorry if that bothers you.
 
Written By: Scott Erb
URL: http://faculty.umf.maine.edu/~erb/blog.htm
"Simply, without knowing the methods and the evidence, I just don’t trust one official. It’s not like we’ve not been misled about things in the past. "



There you go talking about TNR again. For shame for shame.

BTW get the story from the Horse’s mouth.

Scott.Beauchamp@us.army.mil


 
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